(Closed) Concerned about DH

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just pay out of pocket for a doctor’s appointment and have them refilled. Or you could try calling his doctor and explaining the situation and just see if they will call him in a month’s worth.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BerryAnonymous:  Going cold turkey is such bad news. I had to stop taking mine for one week because I was in the hospital for surgery and needed a tube pumping my stomach for a week (so clearly can’t take pills) and I was an emotional mess until a week after I had begun taking them again. See if your doctor can get you any free samples to hold you over, or ask for a RX for the specifc number you need– do you have a CostCo near you? You don’t need to be a member to use their pharmacy. The cost of getting my Rx there is $15 without insurance– through CVS it’s $150. I’m not making this stuff up! You can PM if you want to talk about a specific med. You can call Walmart, too, they are usually cheaper. CAll around and get quotes for a certain number of pills without insurance. ASk if generic brands are available. Try to find a way to get him back on it… it’s really not worth it. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Can you ask his dr to extend his Rx for a month til new insurance. Or is it just too expensive without insurance. My generic antidepressant is $60 uninsured, but I’d pay even more if I had to just for the relief.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You can get prescriptions filled at Costco even if you do not have a membership and do not have insurance. If there is no costco near you, they will ship them to you.

You can check to see if your prescription is covered here: http://www2.costco.com/Pharmacy/DrugInformation.aspx?p=1

Edit: Most times, they are cheaper than “regular” pharmacies.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

@BerryAnonymous:  Ask his doctor for some samples!! You can not stop that type of medication cold turkey. Most doctors have shitloads of samples that they get from the manufacturers. Have your husband explain to his psychiatrist that he has no insurance for 30 days, but is having bad side effects from lack of medication. He can certainly ween himself off to see if his depression has resolved, but should not not not do it by suddenly stopping because of no insurance. If the doctor can’t give enough samples to last the month, go to the manufacturer’s website to see if they have any programs to help people who can’t afford the medicine.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yeah stopping anti depressants cold turkey is very bad.  Def try this other stuff people have suggested.  Technically doctors are not allowed to stop your care because you have lost insurance since it is dangerous to do so on a psychotropic med.

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

stopping a medication like an anti depressant cold turkey is a very bad idea. He really should call the dr and ask for a refill without an appt. almost every provider out there will refill a medication you’ve taken for years without seeing you at LEAST one time

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BerryAnonymous:  Call his doctor and ask for a RX be sent to whatever pharmacy you choose. If it’s an issue that he hasn’t been seen in a year and they want to see him first, explain that you will make an appt for him to be seen next month when your insurance kicks in, but you need 2/3/4 weeks of pills to hold you over. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

If the prescription is expired, no pharmacy will fill it. They could get into a lot of legal trouble for that.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

@BerryAnonymous:  Ohhhh. When you said “his Rx just ran out“, I thought you meant he ran out of pills and can’t get the next refill because he has no insurance. But you’re saying there are no refills left on the prescription, so if he makes an appointment to get a new prescription/extend the current one, it will be out of pocket. Yeah, that’s tougher.  I think he should call and ask the doctor to authorize one more refill to tide him over until next month. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

@BerryAnonymous:  Seriously, have him call and ask. The worst that will happen is they might say “no, you need to come in.” But they MIGHT say sure no problem. There was something recently where my husband said “let’s call and ask” and I said “there is NO WAY they’re going to do that!” (I don’t even remember what it was, but I was really convinced that it was ridiculous to even ask.) He called, asked, and they said “of course!” It doesn’t hurt to ask. Another thing, which I’m not sure how successful it would be is, maybe try a walk-in clinic? They are usually reasonably priced and if he explains his situation — that he will be finding a new doctor next month but needs his refill now — they might be ok prescribing it. It’s not like narcotics or anything sketchy.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BerryAnonymous:  If you just moved, they would totally do that. 

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